National Weather Forecast
As we look at the Monday before the Independence Day holiday, a frontal boundary from the Southern Plains to the Northeast will help produce some storms. Another front from the Northern Rockies to the Upper Midwest will do the same. Typical summer afternoon-driven storms will be possible in the Southeast. Several of the storms from the Northern Rockies to the Upper Midwest and in the Mid-Atlantic could be on the severe side.
Some of the heaviest rain through Independence Day will be in the Northeast, where some areas could see upwards of 3” of rain.
As we look toward Independence Day, we will watch the potential of showers and storms across most of the eastern two-thirds of the nation. Some of the storms could be strong from the Front Range into the Upper Midwest, and across the Deep South into the Mid-Atlantic.
As we look at a couple of the bigger firework displays across the country Tuesday, some storms will be possible in the evening in New York City, but mostly dry weather is expected in Washington D.C.
Study shows significant decline of snow cover in the Northern hemisphere over the last half century
More from UC Santa Cruz: “Understanding snow cover trends is important because of the role that snow plays in the global energy balance. Snow’s high albedo – the ability to reflect light – and insulating characteristics affects surface temperatures on a regional scale and thermal stability on a continent-wide scale. In the new study published in the Journal of Hydrometeorology, researchers analyzed snow cover data gathered from weekly satellite flyovers between 1967 (when satellites became more common) and 2021, which was divided into grid sections for analysis. Of the grids that researchers determined had reliable data, they found that snow cover is declining in nearly twice as many grids as it is advancing. “In the Arctic regions, snow is going away more often than not – I think climatologists sort of suspected this,” Lund said. “But it’s also going away at the southern boundaries of the continents.””
Will Texas become too hot for humans?
More from the BBC: “Texas has warmed between one-half and one degree Fahrenheit in the past century. “In the coming decades … summers are likely to become increasingly hot and dry, creating problems for agriculture and possibly human health,” warns the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It predicts that 70 years from now, the state will have three or four times as many days per year above 100F (38C) as it has today. The National Integrated Heat Health Information System’s Climate Explorer tool also offers a worrying glimpse into Texas’s future. It predicts that Austin and Travis County’s average daily maximum temperature in June could rise to 99.7F (37.6C) between 2060 and 2090 if no steps are taken to mitigate the potentially crippling effects of climate change. Austin’s Office of Sustainability’s estimate is even higher with a summer average high temperature of 103.8F (39.9C) at the end of the century for the city.”
With Plenty of Clean Energy, Brazil Aims for Green Hydrogen Export Market
More from Bloomberg: “The snake and armadillo-filled scrublands of Northeastern Brazil’s Serra da Babilonia, or Hills of Babylon, are as stunning as a first-rate national park. It’s here where renewable energy is transforming Brazil, and where the country’s green hydrogen economy is getting off the ground. Wind developer Casa dos Ventos just installed 80 turbines. The towers churn out enough power for a small city, but that’s not where it’s going. The main buyer is chemicals producer Unigel, which will use it to split water molecules and make hydrogen at a port on Bahia’s coast. “We see Brazil as a leader in the green hydrogen economy for one main reason: the availability of renewable energy,” said Unigel Executive Director Luiz Felipe Fustaino. Unigel will turn the hydrogen into green ammonia, becoming Brazil’s first exporter.”
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